Building project at Kill National School to go to construction

Cavan/Monaghan Fianna Fáil TD Brendan Smith welcomes the decision by his colleague, Norma Foley, TD, Minister for Education to issue approval for the building project at Kill National School to proceed to construction.

“This building project will consist of a Special Education Teaching Rooms and mainstream classroom with en-suite facilities.

I am glad to have supported the Principal and staff, the Board of Management and the Parents’ Association in their application for additional permanent accommodation.  This new building will add considerably to the school’s accommodation.  I compliment the school community on their work over the years in upgrading and extending the school”, stated Brendan Smith TD.

Approval to proceed to construction (1 of 1)
School Name:Kill National School
Roll Number:19285A
Programme List:Additional School Accommodation Scheme
Project Type:Extension
Delivery Mechanism:Devolved
Project Brief:1x 15m2 SET rooms and 1x 80m2 Mainstream classroom including ensuite

Brendan Smith TD: Delays in approving supports for children with special needs must be reduced

Fianna Fáil TD for Cavan/Monaghan, Brendan Smith has called on the Minister for Education to ensure that delays in sanctioning supports for children with special needs are eliminated as a matter of urgency.

Deputy Brendan Smith commented, “Recently, I raised again in Dáil Éireann through further Parliamentary Questions, the need for supports for children with special needs to be put in place in a timely manner and have delays in sanctioning posts reduced.

“There has been a welcome increase in the level of resources for special education and this progress needs to be continued. In circumstances where changes occur during the school year there needs to be a quick response when additional supports are sought by a school in respect of a particular pupil or pupils.  The exceptional review process is extremely important and needs to respond to the needs of the individual child in a timely manner.

The Cavan and Monaghan TD added: “The Minister in her response to my Parliamentary Question outlined that the allocation of SNA’s in 2021 has enabled the establishment of new special classes, creation of new places in special schools and support for children in mainstream classes for this school year.  

“This significant increase in support is welcome and, of course, further improvements in the whole area of supports for children with special needs will enhance admirably school and learning provision,” concluded Deputy Brendan Smith.

Brendan Smith: EU Digital Covid Certificate to be rolled-out to Irish citizens vaccinated outside the jurisdiction

Fianna Fáil TD for Cavan and Monaghan, Brendan Smith has been informed by the Minister for Health that the Government has decided to create a specific portal to enable Irish citizens vaccinated outside of the EU to obtain a Covid certificate valid in Ireland and across the EU.

Deputy Brendan Smith had raised with the Minister the case of some Irish residents living in border areas who have encountered problems while trying to obtain an EU Digital Covid Certificate.

In response to Deputy Brendan Smith’s Parliamentary Question, the Minister for Health stated: “The EU Digital COVID Certificate Regulation (2021/953) allows Member States the option to issue vaccination certificates to EU citizens and family members vaccinated in third countries. Such persons do not have a right to receive a Digital COVID Certificate and it is up to each individual member state to decide if and how to provide such certificates.

“Following the successful rollout of the initial implementation phase of the EU Digital COVID Certificate in Ireland, the Government has decided to create a specific portal to enable Irish citizens vaccinated outside of the EU, with vaccines authorised for use in Ireland, to obtain a COVID certificate valid in Ireland and across the EU.

“This portal is currently being advanced on a cross departmental basis involving technical and process development, and resource management. It is expected that an announcement on the launch of this portal will be made shortly.

“Under the EU regulation persons are entitled to request a Digital COVID Certificate stating they have received a single dose of vaccination in an EU Member State. Such requests can be made through the helpline.”


Congratulations and well done to all in the Cavan Vaccination Centre

I saw at first hand, when I was vaccinated, the efficient running and roll-out of the vaccine programme and the commitment of all the staff. A great achievement.

CHO Area 1 (Cavan, Donegal, Leitrim, Monaghan and Sligo) 50,000th COVID-19 vaccine delivered at Cavan Vaccination Centre

Staff at the HSE’s COVID-19 Vaccination Centre at the Hotel Kilmore in Cavan marked their 50,000th administration of a vaccine at the weekend.

The Vaccination Centre has operated in addition to locations such as hospitals, residential care centres and GP surgeries during the roll out.

Aisling Duffy, Operational Site Manager at Cavan CVC said it was a wonderful occasion for all staff involved.

“We were delighted to administer our 50,000th dose of the vaccine here in the Cavan CVC. There has been a fantastic uptake in Co. Cavan. We would like to encourage anyone who hasn’t received either their first or second dose to come to our clinic to receive them. There’s no charge for getting your Covid-19 vaccine. The HSE’s aim in offering vaccines to the population is to protect people and reduce the illness and deaths caused by this virus.”

To get your vaccination at Cavan CVC register at

Alternatively you can attend walk-in vaccination clinics at Cavan CVC and staff will be happy to help you register

 at the following times:

·       Wednesday September 22nd from 8.30am until 12.30pm

·       Friday September 24th from 1pm to 7pm

·       Saturday September 25th from 8.30am to 12.30pm

·       Sunday September 26th from 8.30am to 12.30pm

Anyone aged 12 years of age or older is entitled to their free vaccine.

Parents or guardians of 12 to 15 year olds can register for their children, as they cannot register themselves.

Those aged 16 years or age or older can register themselves.

Everyone will be offered the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine.

To register online you will need:

·       A mobile phone number- use your own if registering a child

·       An email address- again use your own if registering a child

·       PPS number of those wishing to be vaccinated

·       Eircode

If you are unable to register online you can register by phone Monday to Friday from 8am to 8pm and on Saturday and Sunday from 9am to 5pm:

Freephone                                                          1800 700 700

Or                                                                         01 240 878

From outside Ireland or the UK on                00 353 1 240 8787


Cavan Institute

Cavan/Monaghan Fianna Fáil TD Brendan Smith welcomes the approval by Minister Simon Harris of modular units for Cavan Institute to be located at the former Dún Uí Néill Barracks which is now part of Cavan Institute.  These modular units will replace rented premises. 

“As Cathaoirleach of the first Board of Management of Cavan Institute I was very glad to support the work of the then County Cavan VEC in growing the further education sector locally.

In 2005 Cavan Institute became the first dedicated Post-Leaving Certificate College in the country and the major building complex was provided at Cathedral Road.  This sector has grown in numbers and in importance in ensuring that students can access suitable courses of learning and also enables progression to higher education for many students.

I complimented Anne Marie Lacey, Principal and her staff colleagues in the Institute and also John Kearney, CEO of the ETB and his colleagues in progressing the provision of additional accommodation for the Institute.  I will be glad to continue to support the work of Cavan Institute and in the future we will have further expansion in accommodation”, stated Deputy Brendan Smith.


Smith welcomes ‘significant progress’ in resolving school secretaries pay and conditions issue

Fianna Fáil TD for Cavan-Monaghan, Brendan Smith, has welcomed news of “very significant progress” in discussions to resolve the long running dispute with school secretaries on pay and conditions. 

Deputy Smith commented, “Planned industrial action has been suspended thanks to very significant progress which has been made in resolving the long running dispute with School Secretaries on pay & conditions. 

“Thanks to my party colleague and Minister for Public Expenditure & Reform, Michael McGrath, who has announced that focus has now moved to finalising and implementing details. 

“I have asked the Minister for Education to outline when it is expected to finalise appropriate pay and conditions for school secretaries. Subject to agreement on all elements, the Department has offered to move School Secretaries’ pay rates to a scale which is aligned with the Clerical Officer Grade III pay scale within education and training boards on a pro rata basis with an effective date of implementation for these new pay arrangements of 1st September 2021. Pay rates will be pro rata according to a secretary’s current working pattern.” 

On entering government, Ministers Norma Foley and Michael McGrath shared a common determination to definitively address the issue. The initial stage was to collate data on the number of secretaries and caretakers employed by schools and their pay rates. As schools are responsible for paying school secretaries and caretakers, it was necessary to collect data on the terms of employment. This data collection took a period of time to complete. 

Following this, intensive discussions have been underway at the WRC in recent months. The following can now be confirmed: 

  • The Department has offered to align school secretaries pay rates to that of the Clerical Officer Grade III pay scale within the ETB sector, subject to all elements of the claim being agreed. 
  • The assimilation of School Secretaries to the CO Grade III pay scale will require further dialogue between the parties and an intensive engagement will take place over the next two/three weeks to allow this to be finalised.  Pay rates will be pro rata according to a secretary’s current working pattern. 
  • Planned industrial action on the part of Fórsa has been deferred as all parties have agreed to resume intensive talks aimed at resolving the claim and agreeing a final package. 
  • The Department have offered to improve the conditions for School Secretaries with regard to sick leave, annual leave and maternity provisions for this cohort of staff. 
  • This will take place via direct engagement in the coming weeks in addition to engagement on other elements of the claim and subject to all elements being agreed. 

Deputy Smith added: “This an important achievement by the Fianna Fáil party in relation to an issue that has been ongoing for many years.” 

Do Not Consume Notice lifted with immediate effect for all customers supplied by the #Belturbet Public Water Supply in Cavan Issued Wednesday, 15 August 2021

– Following consultation with the Health Service Executive (HSE), Irish Water and Cavan County Council can confirm that the Do Not Consume Notice impacting customers supplied by Belturbet Public Water Supply has been lifted with immediate effect and the water is safe to drink. The notice was issued to protect approximately 1,986 customers following elevated levels of manganese in the water supply.

Kevin Smith, Regional Operations Lead with Irish Water said: “Irish Water acknowledges and understands the impact this Do Not Consume Notice had on the community of Belturbet and we sincerely regret the inconvenience. Our drinking water compliance and operational experts worked hard to resolve this issue as quickly and as safely as possible and we endeavoured to keep stakeholders updated at every stage of the process. We are grateful to the media, elected representatives and members of the public who shared the information. We would also like to thank Cavan County Council and HSE for their input and support throughout the process.”

All consumers on the Belturbet Public Water Supply can now resume normal use of the water supply for drinking, food preparation and brushing teeth.

Irish Water and the Local Authority/Health Service Executive Water Liaison Group will continue to meet and will review ongoing process control, monitoring and testing of the drinking water supply.

If customers have any queries regarding this Do Not Consume Notice and the lifting of it they should contact Irish Water directly on our customer care helpline, open 24/7, on 1800 278 278.Irish Water continues to work at this time with our Local Authority partners, contractors and others to safeguard the health and well-being of both staff and the public and to ensure the continuity of critical drinking water and wastewater services. Irish Water would like to remind people to follow the HSE COVID-19 advice and ensure frequent handwashing.

ENDS 15/09/2021

Smith meets with Co Cavan IFA Executive Officers

Cavan/Monaghan Fianna Fáil TD Brendan Smith had useful discussions with Co Cavan IFA Executive Officers in relation to CAP Funding and CAP Reform.

Issues concerning livestock exports to Northern Ireland and Britain and the current review of the Nitrates Action Programme were also discussed in detail. All issues of great importance to the farming community and Deputy Brendan Smith will convey concerns to Minister Charlie McConalogue.

Improvement works at Deerpark, Dun an Rí, Killykeen and Rossmore Forest Parks – Smith

Cavan/Monaghan Fianna Fáil TD Brendan Smith has welcomed the provision of government funding of €160,000 to carry out improvement works at Deerpark, Dun an Rí, Killykeen and Rossmore Forest Parks.

“These Coillte owned Forest Parks are a key provider of outdoor recreational facilities throughout the country.  There has been a very substantial increase in visitor numbers to these forests over the past 18 months and they are a very important recreational outlet for local communities and also visitors to those areas.  They also enhance considerably the local tourism product.

It is important to maintain and upgrade facilities and this funding will enable the upgrading of carpark at Deerpark (€10,000), upgrading of existing toilet block at Dun an Rí (€30,000), upgrading of visitor car park and existing toilet block at Killykeen (€70,000) and upgrading of toilet block at Rossmore (€50,000).  Typically these parks provide picnic areas and walking and cycling trails and are beneficial to all age groups”, stated Deputy Brendan Smith.


CountySiteWorks descriptionEstimated cost (€)
CavanDeerparkUpgrade car-park          10,000
CavanDun an Ri   Forest ParkUpgrade of existing toilet block          30,000
CavanKillykeen   Forest ParkUpgrade visitor car-park and full upgrade of existing toilet block          70,000
MonaghanRossmore   Forest ParkUpgrade of toilet block          50,000

Do Not Consume Notice issued for all customers supplied by the Belturbet Public Water Supply Scheme

Issued Friday, 10 September 2021 – Following consultation with the Health Service Executive (HSE) Irish Water, working in partnership with Cavan County Council, has issued a Do Not Consume Notice for all consumers on the Belturbet Public Water Supply Scheme due to elevated levels of manganese. The notice applies to approximately 1,986 customers supplied by the Belturbet Public Water Supply Scheme.

It is especially important that mains drinking water is not given to bottle fed infants.
Please note this is not a Boil Water Notice. Boiling the water will not reduce manganese levels and is therefore not a suitable measure to make the water safe to consume. This notice does not apply to other areas and water schemes in Cavan.

Tankered water will be in place at Centra Belturbet, Erne Hill and Open Area/Hard Stand, the Lawns, Belturbet to provide an alternative water supply to customers. Customers are reminded to use their own containers when taking water from the tanker and to boil water before consumption as a precautionary measure. Irish Water drinking water compliance and operational experts are working with colleagues in Cavan County Council to resolve this situation as soon as possible.

Speaking about the imposition of the notice, Peter Gallagher, Regional Operations Lead with Irish Water said “Irish Water is aware of the impact a Do Not Consume Notice can have on the community of Belturbet and would like to reassure impacted customers that we are working hard to lift the notice as quickly and as safely as possible. We would ask customers who have concerns to contact our customer care team on 1800 278 278.”

This water should not be used for
• Drinking• Drinks made with water• Food preparation, washing or cooking of food,• Brushing of teeth• Making of ice• Children under 12 months old should not drink this water• In particular, children under 12 months old should not drink this water. This water should not be used for making up infant formula for bottled fed infants. An alternative source of water should be used. Bottled water can also be used to make up infant formula. All bottled water, with the exception of natural mineral water, is regulated to the same standard as drinking water. It is best not to use bottled water labelled as ‘Natural Mineral Water’ as it can have high levels of sodium (salt) and other minerals, although it rarely does. ‘Natural Mineral Water’ can be used if no other water is available, for as short a time as possible, as it is important to keep babies hydrated.

• If bottled water is used to make up infant formula it should be boiled once (rolling boil for 1 minute), and cooled in the normal way• Ready-to-use formula that does not need added water can also be used.• Domestic water filters will not render water safe to drink• Caution should be taken when bathing infants to ensure that they do not swallow the bathing water• Discard ice cubes in fridges and freezers and filtered water in fridges

What can you use water for?• The water can be used for personal hygiene, bathing, flushing toilets, laundry and washing of utensils• Irish Water and Cavan County Council will continue to liaise with the Health Service Executive with a view to lifting this drinking water restriction as soon as practicable.Updates will be available on our Water Supply Updates section of our website, on Twitter @IWCare and via our customer care helpline, open 24/7 on 1800 278 278. Customers are advised to set their location on to see updates specific to their location.